Beautiful Lawns and Gardens the Healthy, Environmentally-Friendly Way
in Westchester County, New York and Fairfield County, Connecticut
Spring is here in the northern hemisphere. The snow and ice have disappeared in Westchester County, New York and Fairfield County, Connecticut. Our lawns are brown, at least in patches, and our vegetable and annual flower gardens wait to be planted.
For decades most property owners have been poisoning the soil, water and air by the use of industrial chemicals to fertilize lawns and gardens and to control pests and diseases. The toxicity we are thus introducing into the environment can have minor to major health effects on our children, pets and the wildlife in our area, as well as ourselves.
There are alternatives. We can change. We can break out of the self-destructive and socially irresponsible behavior of using these toxins to make our lawns green and our gardens lush. Many already have.
There is a transition period involved in re-educating a chemically-dependent lawn. According to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the grass may not look healthy in the first year since it takes time to restore a soil lacking a balance of nutrients and microbes. Further, organic lawn care is more expensive in the beginning, but will cost you less money in the long run.
People do have a choice. Whether you care for your lawn and garden yourself or use a landscaping company, you can decide to begin to work with nature to create and sustain healthy, attractive lawns and gardens, if you have not already begun doing so.
Working with nature involves beneficial moral behavior that not only does not harm the environment but also helps it. And you will be looking out for your family’s well-being at the same time.
For Further Information:
“Tips for a Lush, Organic Lawn”,
This Old House,
“Healthy Lawn, Healthy Environment: Caring for Your Lawn in an Environmentally Healthy Way”,
United States Environmental Protection Agency,
“Organic Lawn Care”,
Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection,
“Green Lawns and Gardens: Have a Beautiful Yard without Chemicals”,
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation,
--- Joseph M. Contrada